Everyone should stay home and minimize contact with others to reduce the spread of COVID-19. But can you have sex? Here are some tips for how to enjoy sex and to avoid spreading COVID-19.
1. Know how COVID-19 spreads. The virus can spread to people who are within about 6 feet of a person with COVID-19 when that person coughs or sneezes, and through direct contact with their saliva or mucus. We still have a lot to learn about COVID-19 and sex.
2. Have sex with people close to you. You are your safest sex partner. Masturbation will not spread COVID-19, especially if you wash your hands (and any sex toys) with soap and water for at least 20 seconds before and after sex. The next safest partner is someone you live with. You should avoid close contact — including sex — with anyone outside your physical household. If you do have sex with others, have as few partners as possible.
3. Take care during sex. Kissing can easily pass COVID-19. Avoid kissing anyone who is not part of your small circle of close contacts. Rimming (mouth on anus) might spread COVID-19. Condoms and dental dams can reduce contact with saliva or feces, especially during oral or anal sex. Washing up before and after sex is more important than ever.
4. Skip sex if you or your partner is not feeling well. If you or a partner may have COVID-19, avoid sex and especially kissing. If you start to feel unwell, you may be about to develop symptoms of COVID-19, which include fever, cough, sore throat or shortness of breath. If you or your partner has a medical condition that can lead to more severe COVID-19 (including lung disease, heart disease, diabetes, cancer or a weakened immune system), you may also want to skip sex.
5. Prevent HIV, other sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and unplanned pregnancy. Keep using condoms, PrEP, and birth control.
This guidance is based on the Information on Safer Sex During Coronavirus leaflet from the New York City Health Department. Please click that link for more details and updated information.
See also SPW Board member Olivier Dieleman’s Sex-Positive Corona Safer Sex Guide for more information, especially on safer virtual sex.
SexPositive Portland is a real community of open-minded, fun, and awake people. We provide a chance to explore, learn, and grow in a safe, welcoming, and consensual environment. We offer sex education for adults, touch positive events, dances and discussion groups.
We are a private group through Meetup. This means that no one outside of the Sex Positive Portland Meetup member group can see your profile or know that you are a member.
Our mission is to change the world by promoting healthy sexuality through community and education. We value healthy sexuality that is created through autonomy, boundary setting, enthusiastic consent, and pleasure. We are creating a community based on direct communication, social justice, connection, fun, and support. We value accessible education focused on experiences and growth, and replacing unhelpful patterns of behavior through a diversity of new ideas.
We are a member/volunteer organization. Our members plan and host events centered around understanding and exploring all aspects of human sexuality, consent, relationship styles, kink, gender, and orientation. We are a diverse and welcoming community
Our real world events include classes, discussion groups, workshops, socials, parties, festivals, and more. They range from member hosted events (in homes, parks, restaurants, etc.), outings together where we might go watch and signature events (facilitated events like our snuggles, couple/triads massages, and parties), that are created by SexPositive Portland and led by its core volunteers.
If you are not yet a member of SPP, you can still come to some of our events to meet us, check us out, and learn a few things. Head over to our public events page!
Sex positivity is a social movement and philosophy which regards all consensual expressions of sexuality as healthy, encourages sexual pleasure and experimentation, places an emphasis on informed consent and advocates sex education and risk-aware sex. Sex-positivity makes no moral distinctions among types of sexual expression, orientation or identification, regarding these choices as matters of personal preference.